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Customers leaving Walmart in Nashville last week wear face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19. Masks in public are now required statewide. Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said his deputies won't enforce the rule.

Nash County sheriff won't enforce COVID-19 mask mandate

NASHVILLE -— Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said his deputies won’t enforce the statewide coronavirus mask mandate. All North Carolinians are required to wear face masks as of 5 p.m. …
With a Nash County Sheriff's Office vehicle blocking traffic, members of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church march Saturday along Walnut Street in Rocky Mount in protest of a local real estate developer who won't sell land to the church. Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise

Church claims developer has landlocked its growth

ROCKY MOUNT — Off-kilter remarks from a longtime local civil rights leader topped off a weekend event to call attention to a church’s unrequited desire to purchase adjacent property from …
Southern Nash County residents are invited to celebrate Independence Day in downtown Spring Hope with Diener Wiener, the Little General Store’s 6-foot hot dog mascot. The Fourth festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday with food, line dancing and music.

Little General Store plans Fourth of July block party in Spring Hope

SPRING HOPE — With area mainstay Independence Day celebrations canceled, a new store in Spring Hope is stepping in to offer a night of fun for families itching to do something after months in …
As part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program's Operation Firecracker, authorities are asking North Carolinians to support sober driving by using window chalk to write #KeysFreeNC on their vehicle windows, which reminds drivers to leave their keys at home if their Independence Day party plans include alcohol.

Police in Bailey, Middlesex and Spring Hope on lookout for drunken drivers over holiday weekend

Southern Nash County authorities will be heavily involved in this July 4 holiday weekend’s annual drunken driver enforcement event, Operation Firecracker. “We participate in every GHSP …
James Bailey, a former state special agent and retired criminal justice professor, holds a copy of his new self-published book, "History of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation," at the Spring Hope Public Library.

Former special agent pens book on State Bureau of Investigation's history

BAILEY — One of the world’s foremost experts on forensics who’s living an unassuming life in southern Nash County has chronicled the history of the state’s elite …
Nash County sheriff's deputies seized guns, drugs and cash during June raids at motels rooms and homes.
OPERATION LOCKDOWN

Nash deputies raid motel rooms, homes

ROCKY MOUNT — Authorities seized guns, drugs and cash from motels and homes last week as part of Operation Lockdown. Deputies with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office executed multiple …
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OPERATION LOCKDOWN

Man with small children arrested on gun, drug charges

NASHVILLE — An out-of-state motorist with two small children in his car has been arrested on multiple drug and gun charges. At 7 a.m. June 24, deputies with the Nash County Sheriff’s …
A deputy with the Nash County Sheriff's Office conducts a traffic stop near Spring Hope last week. The sheriff's Highway Interdiction Team made several high-level busts in June, seizing guns, drugs and cash.
OPERATION LOCKDOWN

Nash sheriff's interdiction unit takes drugs, guns off the streets

NASHVILLE — Interstate crime hasn’t taken time off during the coronavirus pandemic, according to authorities. “It’s still about gangs, guns and drugs,” said Nash …
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WHAT HAPPENED TO TRAVIS LYNCH?

Family searches for spotlight in missing man's case

WILSON — The family of a man missing for more than a decade now searches for ways to bring his case back into the spotlight. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished without a trace from southern …
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LOCAL HEADLINES

Rocky Mount removes Confederate monument

Free small business webinars scheduled

Small Business Center plans 6-week entrepreneurial mindset program

Hospital uses high-tech machines to disinfect COVID-19 patient rooms

Weathercast: Hot, dry weekend, then a chance of storms on Tuesday

Celebrity cat surprises owner with legal demands

Road remains closed for emergency repairs

'Team Cold Case' forms to help solve Nash, Edgecombe murders; Enterprise's Lindell Kay to co-host weekly TV show

Are we sleeping in God’s way?

Peachtree News: How to read, study the Bible as leaders in Christ

Tax preparer guilty of filing false returns

COMMUNITY CALENDAR: County plans rabies vaccination clinic

SBI: Tons of old medicine destroyed

Cool cops hand out shaved ice on hot day

Public safety boss orders use of force review

DMV temporarily waives teen driver road tests

New general surgery practice to open in Rocky Mount

New leads bring hope to missing man's mother

Chamber's reverse raffle 'strikes back' at coronavirus

Rocky Mount declares state of emergency due to extreme flooding

Nash schools distribute message about racist social media posts

State rehires probation officer after alleged affair with probationer

Free coronavirus testing offered

Weathercast: Cold front will bring some relief from humidity

Some trusty throwbacks don't need high-tech upgrades

Mayor declares emergency due to flooding

Rocky Mount tries to pull back emails on councilman's unpaid utility bills

Bailey man dies in Wilson County crash

Heavy rain causes dangerous flooding in parts of Nash County

Weathercast: Sunshine clawing its way back through the clouds

Nash school athletics remain dead until July

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WHAT HAPPENED TO TRAVIS LYNCH?

Retired troopers: Crash likely didn't cause man's disappearance

This photo shows a 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix similar to the one Travis Lynch drove when he disappeared on Christmas Eve 2003. Retired state troopers believe the car would have been found by now if it had been wrecked on the roadside.
A Wilson man who disappeared in southern Nash County more than a decade ago would more than likely have been found if he ran his car off the road as a suspect in the case contends, according to …
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Missing man's description given; $20,000 reward offered for information

Every week for four straight months, this newspaper has published articles about a Wilson man last seen in southern Nash County and now missing for 16 years. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, disappeared …
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DA: Missing man's body not needed for a murder conviction

NASHVILLE — While a Wilson man has been officially listed as a missing person for 16 years, his family and local authorities are sure he’s dead, killed the night he vanished. Travis …

Missing man likely didn’t try to drive home

This photo provided by law enforcement shows a 1992 Pontiac Grand Am similar to the one Travis Lynch owned when he disappeared in 2003. The car is missing as well. Authorities don't believe he tried to drive it home. A reward for useful information is being offered in the case.
MIDDLESEX ­— A missing Wilson man may have never made it to his girlfriend’s house or tried to drive home the night he vanished. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, left his girlfriend’s home near …
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Missing man not involved in drugs

NASHVILLE — Authorities say a missing Wilson man last seen in southern Nash County 16 years ago wasn’t involved in the local drug scene. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Eve …
Lynch

Person of interest named in Travis Lynch's disappearance

BAILEY — A locked up drug ringleader is the main person of interest in the disappearance of a Wilson man more than a decade ago. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Eve 2003. He was …
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Missing man’s uncle thinks someone will step forward

The uncle of a missing Wilson man said he believes someone will come forward with the key information needed to solve the case. Travis Lynch disappeared 16 years ago. He spent time with his …
WEATHERCAST

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Weathercast: Sunny skies for the Fourth of July

The Wilson Times area is set for sunshine and typical eastern North Carolina summertime heat over the long Independence Day weekend. While there is a chance of a scattered shower or thunderstorm, …

COLUMNS

Workers without college degrees deserve a chance to compete

An FBI special agent, a corrections officer and a postal program analyst have few duties in common, but their jobs have the same qualification: a four-year college degree. Jailers and gun-toting, …

Mike Walden

How long will North Carolina's recovery take?

I usually pepper my public presentations with some humor. After all, even I know economics can be a rather dull and dry subject. Injecting some jokes and laughter lightens the mood and makes me …

SPORTS
Top sports stories
Matt Foster earns East-West All-Star Game selection
Seniors Makayla Everette of Beddingfield, Matt Foster of Southern Nash and Keishon Porter of SouthWest Edgecombe will all have one … Read More
Firebirds’ Watson hopes to be in middle of the action at NC Wesleyan
In his three years as a starting offensive lineman, Southern Nash High’s Luke Watson has helped pave the way for the Firebirds to … Read More
Leaving the lights on: With no sports, Hunt and Southern Nash aim to #BeTheLight
In what now seems like a time long ago, baseball teams from Hunt High and Fike were scheduled to play on Fike’s Gilbert Ferrell … Read More
Southern Nash Roundup: Ladybirds blank Nash Central in final March game
ROCKY MOUNT — With a shutdown of all sports imminent due to the threat of an outbreak of the coronavirus, varsity girls soccer teams … Read More
Ladybirds get 3rd Big East win
FRANKLINTON — Southern Nash continued its best varsity girls basketball season in more than a decade with a come-from-behind 41-33 … Read More
COLUMNS
Comfort, refreshment await on the front porch

For years, my wife and I lived in apartments. We never had one with a balcony and thinking back, I don’t believe we ever had a patio.  I’m not sure if it was just dumb luck or the …

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ENTERPRISE EDITORIAL
Our Opinion: Southern Nash shows its pride in our students

Southern Nash County had never witnessed a graduation parade before, but the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the last few months of the school year, creating a “new normal” and a new …

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